2 U.S. Capitol Police Officers Injured After Person Rams Into North Barricade

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Two U.S. Capitol police officers were injured after a person rammed their vehicle in the north barricade outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon.

The U.S. Capitol remains on lockdown.

The officers were injured when a person struck them near the barricade on Constitution Avenue. CBS News reports the officers were airlifted to area hospitals for treatment.

The suspect is in custody and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

U.S. Capitol police sent an alert saying the building would be lockdown “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the building, per the Associated Press.

Congress is in recess for the holiday.

A large police presence is in the area and the FBI is en route to the scene for the investigation.

The following roads are closed in the area:

  • Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and First Street NW.

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE.

This comes nearly three months after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 2021.

There has been some debate about whether or not to keep a high fence up near the U.S Capitol.

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